Early Greek states beyond the 'polis'
|Lefkandi on the island of Euboea and was extensively occupied since the|
Early Bronze Age (roughly 2100 BC) to the end of the Geometric
period (ca 700 BC) [Credit: ULB]
This is the aim of Beyond the polis, an international research project based at the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford and in the CReA-Patrimoine at the Université libre de Bruxelles, ULB. The project is led by Prof. I. Lemos and Prof. A. Tsingarida.
The project aims to study distinctive collective rituals which already occur in the Early Iron Age, and which extend into the Archaic period. Four significant study cases have been taken as a starting point. They will provide evidence about collective activities performed near settlements or city walls: the circular structures at Lefkandi, the Sacred House in the Academy of Athens, the EIA Amyklaion in Lakonia and the Archaic Building Complex in Itanos.The project will address several important issues that can also be applied to other sites which display similar features and are located over a wide span of geographical areas. Such issues are the typology of ritual-related structures and their location in relation to nearby city walls or cemeteries, the nature of communal ceremonies and the extend this can demonstrate chronological continuity as well as the extent of this continuity.
The final aim of the program will be to describe the variety of social structures that gave rise to such activities and to demonstrate continuity in patterns of collective behaviour, at least in certain distinctive areas of the Greek world.
Source: Archaiologia [May 15, 2013]